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Rash driver kills 2 kids on pavement
New Delhi, June 18
An over-speeding car allegedly driven by an inebriated call centre employee hit six members of a family, killing two children and critically injuring the rest, here in the wee hours.

Land valuation rates approved
New Delhi, June 18
The Delhi cabinet today approved minimum rates (circle rates) for valuation of land and properties for purposes of registration under the Registration Act, 1908 ,in Delhi. Categorization of colonies used by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for determining house tax has been adopted for computation of value of land and properties.

Report on institute demolition changed
Gurgaon, June 18
Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Satyaprakash T L has allegedly changed and diluted its 'investigation report' on the demolition exercise carried out on February 5 by the District Town Planner (Enforcement) (DTP-E) at Anupama College of Engineering and Anupama Institute of Management. After the demolition, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rakesh Gupta had directed the ADC to investigate into the matter and submit the report.


 

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Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress activists protest against the MCD at Town Hall in the Capital on Monday. Tribune photo
Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress activists protest against the MCD at Town Hall in the Capital on Monday. Tribune photo

Sun plays hide and seek
New Delhi, June 18
Pre-monsoon rains are continuing and this morning once again moderate to heavy showers lashed the city. Delhiites woke up to a heavily overcast sky with showers and cool easterly winds bringing down the minimum temperature to 22 degree Celsius, seven degrees below normal.

DGEHS to be made more comprehensive
New Delhi, June 18
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said that her government had decided to make the existing Delhi Government Employee Health Scheme (DGEHS) more comprehensive, purposeful and employee friendly.

Power supply:Pvt sector role being considered 
Gurgaon, June 18
After about 15 years of making promises to make Gurgaon a power cut free zone, the state has agreed to consider the proposal involving the private sector in the process.

West Zone lift Hemu Adhikari Trophy
New Delhi, June 18
West Zone defeated North Zone by 178 runs to lift the All-India Hemu Adhikari Under-19 Cricket Tournament. Though Virat Kohli's 80 and 108 runs in the final went in vain, he was named the man of the tournament.

MCD flayed for leaving silt in drains 
New Delhi, June 18
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ram Babu Sharma today criticised the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for not completing the desilting work of drains on time, as water got logged on roads in several parts of the city.

World student counsellors meet
New Delhi, June 18
Over 250 international student counsellors from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh met here on Friday to discuss various aspects of studies in Australia at the Central Queensland University's 2007 conference.

Jamia plans for poor children
New Delhi, June 18
Jamia Millia Islamia university has taken under its wing children with varying degrees of disability from its immediate neighbourhood. The idea is to enroll children belonging to the poorest sections of society in the University's Child Guidance Centre (CGC).

Self-defence programme for girls concludes
New Delhi, June 18
The final show of three-week self-defence training organised by the Crime against Women Cell of Delhi Police was today staged at Talkatora Stadium. As many as 2,765 women of different age group and educational background actively participated in the camp. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna was the chief guest. Dr K K Paul, Delhi police commissioner, presided over the function. The participants demonstrated various self-defence skills learnt during the camp. 
Participants of a self-defence training programme display skills at Talkatora Stadium in the Capital on Monday.
Participants of a self-defence training programme display skills at Talkatora Stadium in the Capital on Monday. Tribune photo

Institutes on Lal Dora allowed to add seats, courses
New Delhi, June 18
The Delhi Cabinet has allowed technical institutions located on Lal Dora or extended Lal Dora lands, affiliated with Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, to increase the seats available in the existing courses, as well as adding new courses subject to fulfilment of certain conditions.

One dies in building collapse
New Delhi, June 18
One person died and five others critically injured when a two-storeyed shopping complex in Gulabi Bagh area situated on Old Rohtak Road came crashed in the morning hour today.


 

Fire brigade personnel rescue an injured person from the debris of two-storeyed shopping complex which collapsed in the Gulabi Bagh area in the Capital on Monday. Tribune photo

Fire brigade personnel rescue an injured person from the debris of two-storeyed shopping complex which collapsed in the Gulabi Bagh area in the Capital on Monday.

Notice to NCERT on Urdu books
New Delhi, June 18
The Delhi Minorities Commission has sought an explanation from Directors of the Nation Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) and State Council for Education Research and Training for not making available Urdu language and other books for Urdu medium schools. Books for Urdu medium schools are not available in market.

NHRC to probe foetal remains case
New Delhi, June 18
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Haryana government to submit within a month a report on the foetal remains allegedly found in a well in the compound of a nursing home in New Colony in Pataudi, Gurgaon.

Book on 1857 uprising released
New Delhi, June 18
As part of its ongoing celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the 1857 uprising Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) released a book in Hindi called "Sitara Gir Padega". Sudeep Banerjee, chancellor, National University of Education Planning and Administration, released the book written by writer and journalist Madhukar Upadhyaya.

 

 

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Rash driver kills 2 kids on pavement
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, June 18
An over-speeding car allegedly driven by an inebriated call centre employee hit six members of a family, killing two children and critically injuring the rest, here in the wee hours.

The accident occurred in Sangam Vihar locality of South Delhi at around 3 am when the car rammed into a pavement where the victims were waiting for an autorickshaw after alighting from a bus.

All the injured were rushed to AIIMS where two of them - Ankit (3) and Sonu (6) - were declared brought dead, while their one-year-old sister Anu, parents Lal Chand and Suman and uncle Sombir are battling for their lives.

The family, residents of Tigri extension in Sangam Vihar, returned from their native place Agra this morning and were waiting for a three-wheeler near the bus stand when the mishap occured, the police said.

It seems they were sitting on the footpath when the car hit them. They did not get the time to run as the car was in high speed.

The driver apparently lost control over the car when he tried to negotiate a pothole, a senior police official said.

The driver identified as Darpan Malik, a call centre employee, was immediately taken into custody. His medical examination proved that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, the official said.

He has been booked under Sections 304 A (causing death by negligence) and 279 (rash driving) of the IPC, the police official added. Darpan, a resident of Janakpuri, was returning from Faridabad after completing his office shift. 

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Land valuation rates approved
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 18
The Delhi cabinet today approved minimum rates (circle rates) for valuation of land and properties for purposes of registration under the Registration Act, 1908 ,in Delhi. Categorization of colonies used by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for determining house tax has been adopted for computation of value of land and properties.

Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit said that her government had taken into consideration all aspects during finalization of circle rates in Delhi. The new circle rates would simplify assessment of stamp duty and bring in transparency, simplicity and efficiency in the process of registration.

She said that rates approved were much below the prevalent rates of adjoining areas like NOIDA and Ghaziabad. The minimum rate for valuation of land for residential use approved by the Cabinet are - Category A - Rs.43,000 per square metre; Category B - Rs.34,100; Category C - Rs.27,300; Category D - Rs.21,800; Category E - Rs.18,400; Category F - Rs.16,100; Category G - Rs.13,700 and Category H - Rs.6,900 per square metre.

The Chief Minister said that the circle rates would come into force after its notification.

She made it clear that her government would not effect any change in circle rates which had been determined on the calculations pertaining to year 2005.

The cabinet has approved a different set of minimum rates for built up flats. Rupees eight thousand six hundred per square meter would be applicable for a flat upto plinth area of 30 square meter; Rs.9,300 for plinth area above 30 and upto 50 square meter; Rs.11,300 for plinth area above 50 and upto 100 sq. meter and Rs.13,000 per sq. meter for plinth area above 100 sq. meter.

For flats in buildings having more than four storey's, a uniform plinth area rate of Rs.15,000 per sq. meter would be applicable as the minimum value of built up flats. 

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Report on institute demolition changed
Abhay Jain

Gurgaon, June 18
Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Satyaprakash T L has allegedly changed and diluted its 'investigation report' on the demolition exercise carried out on February 5 by the District Town Planner (Enforcement) (DTP-E) at Anupama College of Engineering and Anupama Institute of Management. After the demolition, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rakesh Gupta had directed the ADC to investigate into the matter and submit the report.

The ADC submitted his report on April 5 in which he held that DTP (E) Gurmeet Kaur was guilty of negligence, causing a loss of Rs 11.86 crore to the institutes. However, in his second report on May 24, he has allegedly changed his stand and diluted the whole report.

In the first report, the ADC had stated, "The officer concerned guilty of negligence, incompetence and irresponsibility of highest order causing a loss of Rs 11.86 crore."

However, Satyaprakash in his second report stated, "There are some mistakes committed during demolishing the premises. Some of actions are not directly done by Ms Kaur but by her subordinate staff."

In his first report, the ADC had mentioned about the notice served by the DTP (E) department to the institutes that "it was also an illegal notice". However, in the second report, he has mentioned that "there seems to be procedural flaw".

Devendra Gupta, chairman of the institutes, filed affidavits and alleged in his complaint that the officials of DTP (E) department had demanded Rs 20 lakh for not demolishing the structure. He did not pay the bribe and that was why his institutes were demolished.

Referring to the allegation, the ADC in his first report found, "There is sufficient scope to believe it and a detailed enquiry should be conducted by a competent agency." But in his second report, he has mentioned "no evidence is produced to prove the demand of bribe".

In his first report, the ADC mentioned "The college did not commit any irregularity because all relevant documents have already been submitted to the DTP (E), but she did not take any action on the above due to her vested interests." However, the ADC in the second report, diluted his findings and mentioned that "the applicant should have been provided with the shortcomings in the application."

When contacted, the ADC Satyaprakash T L claimed that he had not changed his findings. Rather, the second report was based on his intensive and exhaustive study of the relevant rules and regulations. He said he had not diluted the report as he still concluded, "Some procedural flaw is noticed while demolition is done".

However, Devendra Gupta alleged that the ADC changed his findings under the pressure of senior bureaucrats as one of their colleagues had demolished the structures illegally.

He had already approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the illegal demolition of his institutes by the DTP (E) and submitted the ADC's first report. The court had already served notices to 14 parties including the DC, SSP and the DTP (E).

"Second report by the ADC is null and void," alleged Gupta, adding that he had full faith in judicial system and hoped that justice would be done to him.

Explaining the reasons for submission of the second report by the ADC, Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Gupta stated that in the first report the ADC had forgotten to mention whether the demolished structures were legal or not. Thus, he was specifically told to find out the legality of the demolished structures. In the second report, the ADC mentioned that the premises were partially illegal with every right to apply for regularisation or compounding, clarified the DC.

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Sun plays hide and seek
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 18
Pre-monsoon rains are continuing and this morning once again moderate to heavy showers lashed the city. Delhiites woke up to a heavily overcast sky with showers and cool easterly winds bringing down the minimum temperature to 22 degree Celsius, seven degrees below normal.

The wet spell in Delhi is expected to continue with weatherman forecasting more rain and thundershowers in the next two to three days, some of them accompanied by squalls. As per the weather office, the ongoing rainfall activity over the northwest India and Rajasthan is likely to continue till tomorrow and decrease from June 20 onwards.

For Delhi, in particular, the Met office has forecast a generally cloudy sky during the next 24 hours, especially during the morning, with the possibility of rain or thundershowers accompanied by squalls in some areas.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon has further advanced into the remaining parts of central Arabian Sea, Konkan and Goa, some more parts of Madhya Maharashtra and Marathawada, remaining parts of Telangana, some parts of Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand.

At present, the northern limit of monsoon passes through Dahanu, Parbhani, Bramhapuri, Raipur, Sambalpur, Keonjhargarh, Ranchi, Varanasi, Sultanpur, Bharaich and Mukteshwar. Met office said that over 20 mm of rainfall was recorded this morning.

Because of the heavy showers in the morning, there were a number of traffic snarls reported from different parts of the city, especially during the rush hour. It took a lot of effort by the traffic police to restore order on the roads in parts of East, Central and West Delhi areas.

Like the previous three days, there were a lot of complaints of water logging. The situation was particularly bad in the Kashmere Gate area near the Inter State Bus Terminus. Officials, however, claimed that things were improving and drains were being cleaned up.

Rainwater problems

Faridabad, June 18
Three days of rain has pooled rainwater in Sectors 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15- A, 17, 18, 28, and 31 besides NIT and Jawahar Colony here. "This problem affects all localities in the city," says Rajkumar Gaur, a resident of Sector15-A here. He said this was primarily due to the non- functioning or non- availability of flood water drains. 

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DGEHS to be made more comprehensive
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 18
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said that her government had decided to make the existing Delhi Government Employee Health Scheme (DGEHS) more comprehensive, purposeful and employee friendly.

The scheme was launched in April, 1997 with a view to provide medical facilities to Delhi government employees, pensioners and their families on the pattern of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). Prior to 1997, there was no separate health scheme for Delhi government employees and they were covered by Civil Services (Medical Attendance) Rules, 1944, the Chief Minister said.

The improved version of the DGEHS would provide cashless treatment facilities through private recognised hospitals or diagnostic centres for both serving and retired employees during both emergent and non-emergent medical conditions. All serving employees and retired pensioners of the state government will be beneficiaries of the scheme whereas the pensioners will be given an option at the time of retirement for becoming member of the scheme.

The employees would be issued a membership card with photographs that will not be changed on change of the department and would be revalidated after every five years. All those private hospitals and diagnostic centres which have been empanelled by the CGHS would also be recognised under the improved DGEHS.

Preventive check facilities will be available to the serving employees above 40 years of age only in the Delhi government hospitals. Dikshit added that the department of health would strengthen its infrastructure to make the scheme more beneficial for the employees.

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Power supply:Pvt sector role being considered 
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 18
After about 15 years of making promises to make Gurgaon a power cut free zone, the state has agreed to consider the proposal involving the private sector in the process.

The proposal, jointly worked out by the Dakshini Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd (DHBVN), the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Gurgaon Industrial Association (GIA), will be thrown open to elicit public opinion as suggested by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC), here tomorrow.

However, the extra financial burden to be caused on account of higher cost of generation by the captive plants will have to be borne by consumers who consume 300 or more units per month. The tentative cost structure that has been worked out is that the consumers in the 300 unit-consumption category will have to shell an addition of Rs 1.14 paise per unit.

In effect, the price differential per unit generated by the generator sets (captive power plants) and that rate at which power is supplied by the power utility will have to be borne by the consumers.

The official version is that the proposal is to make the city power cut free zone with the help of supply of power by captive power plants from the private sector.

The power will be generated and supplied by the locally-based industrial units which would ease the pressure on the power utility. The power saved by the utility would be diverted to consumers. The entire process would also mean that with ample availability of power there would be minimal or no chance of imposed power cuts in the city.

This has obviously generated lot of heartburns in wide-ranging circles. The public opinion is not against the proposed new arrangement, but the successive governments' indulging in false promises. For the past many years, successive governments have been promising the public of augmenting the power generating capacity of the state.

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West Zone lift Hemu Adhikari Trophy
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, June 18
West Zone defeated North Zone by 178 runs to lift the All-India Hemu Adhikari Under-19 Cricket Tournament. Though Virat Kohli's 80 and 108 runs in the final went in vain, he was named the man of the tournament.

In all, he scored 649 runs in five innings.

Scores: West Zone (1st innings): 354 all out (Anupam Pandey 82, Sarthak Munve 74, Harshad Khadiwala 66, Amanpreet Singh 4 for 66, Manan Sharma 2 for 40 and Yogesh Nagar 2 for 44).

2nd innings: 302 all out (Ravinder Jadeja 85, Iqbal Abdullah 55, Amanpreet Singh 4 for 42).

North Zone (1st innings): 283 all out (Virat Kohli 80, Taruvar Kohli 51, Manan Sharma 32, Ravinder Jadeja 4 for 76).

2nd innings: 195 (Virat Kohli 108, Swapannil Singh 6 for 89).

DDCA felicitates Gambhir, Ishant

Delhi and District Cricket Association vice-president C.K. Khanna, who is also a former vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, felicitated Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma for their selection to the Indian team for the coming tour of England and Ireland. Among those present were Dr K.K. Aggarwal, Special Commissioner of Police U.K Katna, renowned shooter Jaspal Rana, DDCA club secretary Dr S.S. Sareen, a large number of cricketers and umpires.

Sarab, Arjun shine

Sarab Singh (62 and 3 for 11) and Arjun Arora (60) helped Madras Club beat Century Club by 196 runs in the DDCA Under-15 Cricket Tournament at the RSC ground.

Scores: Madras Club: 370 (Sarab Singh 62, Arjun Arora 60, Akash Mittal 42, Chander Thapa 35, Tapan 4 for 42, Arman Khadli 2 for 72).

Century Club: 174 (Anil Kumar 43, Tapan Kumar 48, Sarab Singh 3 for 11, Siddhant Dobal 3 for 34).

South Delhi win

South Delhi Colts beat Malviya Club via the spin of the coin to enter the quarter-final of the DDCA Hot Weather Cricket Tournament at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.

Inter-club soccer transfer from Wednesday

The Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) will conduct its annual Inter-Club Transfer of players from June 20 to 26.

The transfer book will remain open at the DSA office at the Ambedkar Stadium from 5.30 pm to 7 pm everyday for seven days, including Sunday. However, on June 26, the last day, the book will remain open till 8 pm.

The DSA secretary N.K. Bhatia said after the conclusion of the Inter-State transfer on June 20, the clubs would know their strength, and the soccer season would begin with the Uttaranchal Cup a week after the Inter-Club transfers.

He said after the Uttaranchal Cup, the Delhi League will begin, with 40 teams featuring in it.

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MCD flayed for leaving silt in drains 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 18
The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ram Babu Sharma today criticised the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for not completing the desilting work of drains on time, as water got logged on roads in several parts of the city.

He accused the MCD of failing to implement its "so-called" action plan to prevent waterlogging in Delhi.

Addressing a dharna organised by the Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress in front of Town Hall, Sharma claimed that waterlogging could have prevented if desilting of drains would have been done on time. "The MCD failed to do its job properly. Hardly 10 days are left for the onset of monsoon but desilting work has yet not been completed. The coming days would be hell for citizens of Delhi, as the MCD has been proved incompetent to tackle the civic problem," he alleged.

The MCD control rooms today received 29 complaints of waterlogging in different parts of the city. The major waterlogging complaints were from Kauria Bridge, GPO under flyover, Saraswati Vihar D-Block, South Lajpat Nagar, DDA Flats Kalkaji, Munirka Chowk, Moti Bagh Main Chowk, R. K. Puram, Naraina, Karol Bagh Main Chowk, Shadi Pur Depot, Inderpuri Main Chowk, Inderlok to Daya Basti Main Road, Shakti Nagar, Vikas Puri, Mayapuri Chowk, Baraf Khana Chowk, Civil Line to Yamuna Road, Tis Hazari Court, Kalyan Vihar, Khalsa College, Azadpur T-Point, Chandgi Ram Akhada Pyare Lal Bhawan, Bhajanpuri to Gokulpuri.

Meanwhile, Mayor Arti Mehra and Leader of the House in MCD Subhash Arya today claimed that the MCD was being made scapegoat for the non-performance or under-performance of the other departments.

The areas where waterlogging took place were under the jurisdiction of Public Works Department (PWD), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Development Authority (DDA), power companies, railways etc. It was their duty to remove the cause of waterlogging at the spots, she said.

"The Delhi government has miserably failed to cleanse-up the nallahs belonging to the Flood and Irrigation Department. It has lead to backflow of nallahs," the leaders said. 

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World student counsellors meet
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 18
Over 250 international student counsellors from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh met here on Friday to discuss various aspects of studies in Australia at the Central Queensland University's 2007 conference.

Said to be the largest summit of its kind in South Asia, the conference addressed areas of critical importance to international students and their families including that of quality standards, academic integrity, student support, student accountability and education counsellor participation.

The conference is part of the university's strategy to keep all stakeholders informed of its education standards and practices.

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Jamia plans for poor children

New Delhi, June 18
Jamia Millia Islamia university has taken under its wing children with varying degrees of disability from its immediate neighbourhood. The idea is to enroll children belonging to the poorest sections of society in the University's Child Guidance Centre (CGC).

It has some 20 students with varying degrees of disability from severe mental retardation to learning disabilities and to speech impediments on its roll.

Jamia has geared up to substantially enhance the CGC building and facility. There are plans to increase the number of students on the rolls and engage better trained and skilled teachers, counsellors, social workers and therapists.

Jamia initiated a massive fund-raising drive to accomplish this. TNS

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Self-defence programme for girls concludes
Our Correspondent

New Delhi, June 18
The final show of three-week self-defence training organised by the Crime against Women Cell of Delhi Police was today staged at Talkatora Stadium. As many as 2,765 women of different age group and educational background actively participated in the camp. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna was the chief guest. Dr K K Paul, Delhi police commissioner, presided over the function. The participants demonstrated various self-defence skills learnt during the camp. 

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Institutes on Lal Dora allowed to add seats, courses
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 18
The Delhi Cabinet has allowed technical institutions located on Lal Dora or extended Lal Dora lands, affiliated with Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, to increase the seats available in the existing courses, as well as adding new courses subject to fulfilment of certain conditions.

The conditions specified are enough built up space, no new construction on account of adding new courses or increasing the intake of existing courses and title of the land on which the institution is located should be in the name of the institution or society concerned.

This decision is a follow-up of an earlier Delhi Cabinet decision which granted permission to existing technical and higher education colleges or institutes located in Lal Dora and extended Lal Dora land, for a period of one year that is 2007-2008 or till the zonal plans are notified.

At present, seven institutes having the title of land in the name of society and two institutes on rented premises, are functioning from Lal Dora and extended Lal Dora lands whereas four diploma level institutions are also functioning from Lal Dora and extended Lal Dora lands. The decision to increase intake would help in solving admission problem of the students.

The Cabinet has also decided to set up a better system of recovering electricity dues from the government agencies through use of modern technology like pre-paid meters and automatic meter reading and use of letter of credit system as is done in the case of major consumers of power.

It has become imminent since non-recovery of electricity dues has a direct impact on fixation of tariff on year to year basis.

It has also been decided to settle all matters relating to the unresolved cases of old DVB dues pertaining to private connections through the mechanism of Delhi Legal Services Authority through conciliation and mediation and with assistance of Public Grievances Cell headed by a retired High  Court Judge. 

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One dies in building collapse

New Delhi, June 18
One person died and five others critically injured when a two-storeyed shopping complex in Gulabi Bagh area situated on Old Rohtak Road came crashed in the morning hour today.

One worker of the shop Devi Sahay (40) died on the spot. The son of the owner of the complex Sachin Verma also trapped in the debris. He got serious head injuries. He was immediately taken to a near by trauma centre. His condition is still said to be critical. The owner of the complex was not present at the time of incident. Four other workers trapped in the debris were also taken to a local hospital, where their condition is said to be out of danger. OC

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Notice to NCERT on Urdu books
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 18
The Delhi Minorities Commission has sought an explanation from Directors of the Nation Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) and State Council for Education Research and Training for not making available Urdu language and other books for Urdu medium schools. Books for Urdu medium schools are not available in market.

This issue came to light after the CBSE results were declared last month. Results of the Urdu medium schools werebad . Principals of various schools pointed out the performance of their schools was poor as the books were not in the market. 

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NHRC to probe foetal remains case
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 18
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Haryana government to submit within a month a report on the foetal remains allegedly found in a well in the compound of a nursing home in New Colony in Pataudi, Gurgaon.

Taking suo motu notice of a recent news report in a national daily, the NHRC has decided to send its investigation team to Pataudi for a spot inquiry. The team will submit its report within two weeks.

Officers of the Health Department of Haryana chanced upon the fetal remains dumped in a 20 feet- deep well in the compound of a nursing home during a raid. They found that the nursing home was run by A.K. Singh. The raiding team alleged that the nursing home had been doing sex determination tests and sex selective abortions for several years. The officers seized a portable ultraosund machine and equipment used for termination of pregnancy. In his defence, Singh reportedly told the officers that the machine and the equipment belonged to his son and would-be daughter-in-law who were pursuing MD in Radiology and Gynaecology in Armenia.

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Book on 1857 uprising released
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 18
As part of its ongoing celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the 1857 uprising Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT) released a book in Hindi called "Sitara Gir Padega". Sudeep Banerjee, chancellor, National University of Education Planning and Administration, released the book written by writer and journalist Madhukar Upadhyaya.

The book was released at the Indian Council of Historical Research today. The book release ceremony coincided with the martyrdom day of Rani Jhansi, who played an important role in the 1857 uprising. While introducing the book Sudeep Banerjee said that the book would be very intriguing to both kids as well as adults. If a book would be written on the 1857 revolt hundred years later, this book would be consulted for sure. "As it is generally perceived, the 1857 movement was not a failure. We take inspiration out of the revolt to wage more movements like that in future," said Banerjee. "The uprising is still alive in the public memory." "The narratives are very strong, they helped me in visualising the events," said Sanjay, who has done the illustrations for the book. The book carries an account of so many aspects of 1857 that are generally ignored.

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